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Easter Egg Hunt


pink cones, pines, year-round interest

Are those brand new cones on Pinus parviflora ‘Cleary’ or did the Easter Bunny stop by?

When we went out into the garden this week we couldn’t help seeing Easter eggs everywhere….delightfully dyed in pastel Pascal colors.  Pinus parviflora ‘Cleary’ caught our eye immediately, with its clutches of tiny, vivid magenta ovoid cones.

Korean fir, conifers

Little yellow eggs decorate the branches of Abies koreana ‘Hortsmann’s Silberlocke’

Sunny yellow eggs are sprinkled over the branches of the Korean fir Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ – those cute little things couldn’t really be cones, could they?

conifers, colorful cones

Raspberry colored egg-like cones grace the branches of Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’

Tall, hulking Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’ has some of the most delicate cones, which are small-sized even when mature.  They make up for lack of stature in sheer number; this ‘egg basket’ of a tree, which is only about 6′ tall, has hundreds of cones on it this spring.

PIne trees, colored foliage

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’ has two eggs in the nest – demurely colored next to the flamboyant needles

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’ is all decked out for Easter in a yellow spring coat, and holds a brace of deeply etched eggs in this clutch.  It’s hard for anything to compete with that incredible, dramatic foliage!

firs, conifers, cones

The black-raspberry ‘eggs’ on Abies arnoliana ‘Poulsen’ sit pertly atop the branches

Normally a subdued and dignified shrub, Abies arnoldiana ‘Poulsen’ indulges in attention-getting behavior by producing cones in the most outrageous shade of deep raspberry imaginable.  It’s hard to believe that the Easter Bunny was willing to part with these!

Jelly Bean succulent, pork and beans succulent

The Easter Bunny left jelly beans along with dyed eggs…

And what’s an Easter Basket without jelly beans?  Sedum rubrotinctum sure fits the bill.  In warm weather the ‘jelly beans’ turn green with just a few hints of red, but cool winter and early spring temps bring out the bold red.  Perhaps cinnamon-flavored? Now the only thing that we’re left wondering is if that huge jackrabbit we startled this morning was really the Easter Bunny…

30 thoughts on “Easter Egg Hunt

  1. Who knew?? Easter eggs hidden among the evergreen & succulent foliage!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  3. What a wonderful perspective. I’m going to go on an ‘Easter Egg’ hunt in my yard now and see what I can find!

  4. So beautiful, thanks for sharing!


  5. These are beautiful shots Sara! I look forward to seeing your garden soon!

  6. What a wonderful way to ‘see’ the gorgeous cones……..large and small.


  7. Pretty in pink they are!! My favorite….Poulsen. So that bunny does really exist.


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  8. Such a perfect post for Easter – and beautiful photos of all the “eggs” – and all colored and ready to be put in a basket! Happy Easter and thank you!

  9. That bunny has been most creative this year, love her color palette! As always I so enjoy where your eyes take me. It’s always a wonderful adventure.

  10. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  11. With my new perspective, I’m grabbing a chocolate one or two, then venturing into the garden to spy what other ones he has left.

  12. How delightfully unexpected for an Easter egg theme! The color on the cones of Pinus parviflora ‘Cleary’ is amazing!

  13. I never knew they were so colorful!!

  14. Hi Sara,

    I loved this post and the brightly colored cones! Great photography too!


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